Jennifer Bright has 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Currently, as a Principal at Luma Consulting, she serves nonprofits as an advisor, trainer and interim CEO. Since 2004, her work has included analysis, needs assessment, strategic planning, board development and meeting facilitation. She works with groups to generate change and agreement in keeping with the organizations’ culture, and provides additional expertise in the planning and management of executive transitions.
Jennifer’s previous experience includes serving as Deputy Director at Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, a consort of community clinics; and as Deputy Director at NPower, a community-based organization offering technology services to nonprofits. At NPower, she managed a $10 million initiative to expand the local organization to a national federation.
Jennifer has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Evans School at the University of Washington, where she has also served as an instructor and a BA in French from the University of Illinois.
Joan Fanning brings deep experience in the nonprofit sector to her work at Luma Consulting. Over 20 years, she has served in a number of leadership roles, including CEO and CIO. She was the founding CEO of NPower Network, a national organization that helps nonprofits use technology to enhance their impact. Prior to her time at NPower, Joan worked with a number of social service organizations with a focus on leading IT and direct service change management initiatives. Her previous work includes experience as a program manager, analyst, direct service provider and fundraiser.
In her current role as Principal at Luma Consulting, she helps nonprofits and foundations with strategic and business planning, change management and impact analysis. She works with clients to balance aspiration with practicality; identifying opportunities, articulating a clear vision, and building compelling and sound business plans in support of that vision.
Joan has taught at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs and has served on the advisory and governing boards of several local and national nonprofits. She’s been recognized as a leader by Fast Company (“Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs of 2002”). Joan has an MPA from the Evans School at the University of Washington and a BA in Business from Washington University in St. Louis.
John Smith has worked in and for nonprofits for over 20 years. John has over 10 years focused on nonprofit strategy development, market research and analysis, and business planning. As a Principal at Luma Consulting, John’s strengths in research, analysis, and facilitation help organizations use customer and market insights to develop strategic and business plans that unify stakeholders.
Prior to his work at Luma, John was Director of Consulting at NPower Seattle, where he designed, implemented and managed a program offering technology consulting to nonprofits in the greater Seattle area. Under his leadership, his team helped hundreds of nonprofits maximize technology investments in pursuit of their missions.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Tricia McKay, Principal at Luma Consulting, is a seasoned advisor offering her expertise in strategy development, operations support, program/organization startup, landscape scans and interim Executive Director work. Tricia leverages her nearly 20 years of experience with clients including foundations, individuals & families, nonprofits and businesses focused on social impact. Before joining Luma, Tricia held leadership roles where she was instrumental in the creation of a number of organizations and programs; she was Executive Director of the Medina Foundation and helped establish the Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, serving as its Director.
Tricia’s previous experience includes leading the tutoring program TeamRead, two years teaching in a small Tanzanian college in East Africa, acting as Director of Government Affairs for Washington Natural Gas, and a stint as a Legislative Assistant to US Senator Daniel J. Evans.
Seattle Magazine named Tricia one of Seattle’s “20 Most Influential People” in 2009 and she was included among the region’s “Women of Influence” in 2008 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Tricia has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and completed executive programs at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, focused on philanthropy leadership and social entrepreneurism.
Bill brings deep expertise in program evaluation and applied research to his consulting work at Luma Consulting. His practice is broad in scope and includes projects as diverse as advising philanthropies on outcomes assessment to helping determine the impact of documentary films such as Girl Rising.
William has held evaluation leadership positions with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Training Resources for the Environmental Community and his consulting clients have included the Oregon Department of Health, the King County Housing Authority, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), the Seattle Foundation and Oak Foundation.
Alongside his consulting practice, he is a half-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Social Work. He holds an MSW and PhD from the University of Washington.
Susan Coliton is a Partner with Luma Consulting, where she offers strategic counsel to philanthropists, foundations and non-profits to help them deepen their impact in the communities they serve. She spent 15 years as the head of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s philanthropic activities, where she oversaw regional, national and international grant-making programs through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Through her work, she aligned donor vision with results; designed new initiatives in science, education, and the arts; and built nonprofit sector capacity through research, workshops, and convenings.
Prior to joining the Allen Foundation, Coliton held management positions at several national philanthropic organizations in the arts. She directed the west coast office of the New York-based Nonprofit Finance Fund, designed corporate giving programs for Gap, Inc., and worked as a visual art specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Coliton is a gubernatorial appointment on the Washington State Arts Commission and is past-chair of the Philanthropy Northwest Board. She serves on the board and the executive committee of Americans for the Arts, a national advocacy organization in Washington D.C. She is also a member of the Board of the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation, Earshot Jazz, and Spectrum Dance Theater.
Coliton received a B.A. in art history from Saint Mary’s College and a masters from Johns Hopkins University. She completed Stanford’s Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders and the Executive Seminar at the Aspen Institute.
Remy Trupin is a creative, strategic and entrepreneurial leader with extensive policy advocacy experience. He has worked in the non-profit sector for 20 years, with 10 years’ experience as an executive director.
At Luma, Remy brings a broad range of strategic insight from his experience working with organizations and coalitions developing and implementing legislative advocacy, communication and ballot campaigns, in addition to his nonprofit leadership experience.
As the inaugural Philanthropy Northwest Advocacy Fellow, Remy is curating a knowledge base that explores how the foundation sector can leverage its place-based voice to affect policy. In his role as Senior Fellow with the Topos Partnership, Remy brings his revenue and budget expertise to bear on communications challenges facing organizations at national, state and local levels.
Remy was the founding executive director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, an organization which he led and grew into a national model. Remy’s previous experience includes a variety of lobbying, policy analysis and research leadership positions with large non-profits at the local, state and national level. Remy kicked off his career as a VISTA in northern Florida and then as a Mickey Leland Hunger Fellow through the Congressional Hunger Center.
Remy has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington. In his spare time, Remy volunteers board leadership and strategic advice to social service, civic and human rights organizations and is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Phoebe Lipkis has nearly a decade’s experience as a senior leader and consultant to non-profit organizations and public agencies. Her passion for finding collaborative solutions to complex problems drives her work with foundations, non-profits, and communities seeking innovative, inclusive, and viable strategies for creating change.
Before joining Luma she worked with three of California’s largest public agencies to design a shared plan for rainwater management during the region’s historic drought and helped lead 40 organizations to develop a community strategy for reducing the negative effects of trauma on children in Louisville, KY.
Phoebe has an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of California Santa Cruz.